Bob Dylan was at Columbia Records’ recording studio in New York today in 1962, laying down Mixed Up Confusion and a song based on a melody taught to him by folk singer Paul Clayton, Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright). The sessions would serve as the basis for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, but unlike the rest of it, Mixed Up Confusion was recorded with a backing band and released as a single…then quickly withdrawn by Columbia who feared alienating Bob’s folky fan base, which he did anyway when he “went electric” in 1965.
The Dave Clark Five were on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show tonight in 1965, doing Catch Us If You Can and Over and Over, despite Ed’s promise to never again have rock bands on his show after Rolling Stones fans trashed the Ed Sullivan Theater. Seattle’s Soundgarden played there two nights ago.
Pink Floyd were the darlings of London’s Swinging Carnaby Street hipsters when they started their first British tour tonight in 1967, opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Royal Albert Hall. Other acts on the bill included Jeff Lyne’s The Move, and Keith Emerson’s The Nice. Hendrix, being the headliner got to play a 40 minute set on the tour, The Move got half-an-hour, and Pink Floyd’s sets were limited to 15-20 minutes per show, which in the case of many of their songs would allow them to finish one.
Santana released their cover of Peter Green’s 1968 Fleetwood Mac song Black Magic Woman today in 1970, with lead vocal by the band’s Seattle-born keyboard player Gregg Rolie. Rolie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana, but the band he quit in 1980, Journey, have never been nominated.
The Who’s Pete Townsend told Newsweek magazine in an interview that appeared today in 1990 that he was bi-sexual though he has only been known to co-habitate with women: His wife from 1968-2009 Karen Astley, and his current partner musician Rachel Fuller.
Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame tonight in 2006. Jimmy Page attended the ceremony, as did members of the late John Bonham’s family, but Robert Plant and John Paul Jones declined. What Page remembers most about the ceremony was meeting James Brown, who had met on several occasions before. “…his appearance seemed no different to any time before; fit, sharp and bright, but this was to be the last time – he was to die on Christmas day that year. It was a shock having seen him so fit on this occasion. He was truly one of the giants of black music.”
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Styx lead guitarist James Young is 62.